Donald Trump says his latest plan to stop immigration from “any nation that has been compromised by terrorism” is an expansion of his ban on Muslims.
"I actually don't think it's a rollback. In fact, you could say it's an expansion," Trump said in an interview with NBC aired Sunday. "I'm looking now at territory. People were so upset when I used the word Muslim. Oh, you can't use the word Muslim. Remember this. And I'm OK with that, because I'm talking territory instead of Muslim."
In the interview, Trump refused to rule out banning individuals from top US allies like France and Germany, saying that “they have totally been” compromised by terrorism. He did not, however, define which countries would be included in that list of proposed bans.
Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric has been very controversial since he proposed to ban all Muslims from entering the United States. After securing the Republican presidential nomination, it is estimated that his candidacy could propel Muslim-Americans to head to the polls and vote against him.
Muslims across the U.S. are banding together on Eid al-Adha, known as the Feast of Sacrifice, to hold a national voter registration day at mosques and community centers to reach their goals which is to register one million new voters.
"The rhetoric that Trump is putting out there is creating a lot of mobilization," said Amaney Jamal, A professor at Princeton University who studies Muslim American political participation and voting behavior.